A Salem man was arrested on 12 charges involving the sexual abuse, luring and attempting to use a child in a sexually explicit photo or video.
Patrick Finegan, 19, is accused of kissing a girl under the age of 14, attempting to sexually abuse her and attempting to induce her into sexually explicit conduct in June 2015.
According to court records, he also possessed or viewed child pornography multiple times.
A warrant was issued for Finegan's arrest on May 26, and he was arrested Sunday on five counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, luring a minor, three counts of attempted first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of attempted using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.
He was taken to Marion County jail and held without bail.
First-degree sexual abuse is a Measure 11 offense and carries a six year and three month mandatory minimum prison sentence. A conviction would also require Finegan to register as a sex offender.
A Cedar City man accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl has reached a plea agreement reducing the first-degree felonies to lesser charges.
Pedro Juan Gaspar-Martin, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony, through a Spanish interpreter Tuesday in 5th District Court.
He was initially charged with rape of a child and sodomy on a child, both first-degree felonies, in addition to a second-degree felony count of sexual abuse of a child.
"These new charges are more in line with the conduct of this case," Troy Little, Iron County chief deputy attorney, said.
The new charges carry a maximum sentence of zero to five years in the Utah State Prison for each count. Gaspar-Martin is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 22.
He's been held in the Iron County Jail on $100,000 since his arrest in May.
Gaspar-Martin, who was 18 at the time of his arrest, had sexual relations with the 13-year-old victim multiple times during the course of their "relationship," according to the probable cause statement. The minor told investigators that Gaspar-Martin was her boyfriend and the father of her child.
The female was 21 weeks pregnant at the time of the interview, indicating that she had been 13 at the time of the assault, the report detailed.
During a police interview, Gaspar-Martin told investigators he had previously engaged in sexual activities with the minor and was aware she was underage.
Both the victim and her mother stated, “Pedro and his family knew he would get in big trouble after she got pregnant," according to the statement. A higher bail was set after they expressed concerns Gaspar-Martin would attempt to flee to Guatemala to avoid prosecution.
While the Iron County Attorney's Office has confirmed that Gaspar-Martin is legally in the country, his exact citizenship status is still unknown. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency had also reviewed the case.
POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A 20-year-old American Falls man has been sentenced to 300 months in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for enticing and coercing two underage girls.
Jesus Nieto pleaded guilty to the charge on March 2 in U.S. District Court in Pocatello. He was sentenced Tuesday, according to acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez.
According to a plea agreement, Nieto used Internet-based social media to communicate with the girls, aged 11 and 15, to solicit sexually explicit pictures and to persuade and coerce them into engaging in sexual intercourse with him.
According to the agreement, Nieto said he communicated with the girls from approximately November 2015 to January 2016. Evidence introduced at sentencing indicated Nieto had engaged in unlawful sexual activity with other underage girls as well.
The case was part of a program called Project Safe Childhood. The nationwide initiative was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
The case was investigated by the American Falls Police Department, with the assistance of the Power County Prosecutor's Office and U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.